Stewart

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  1. The Tao of disappointment

    "Sell your cleverness and buy bewilderment" - Rumi 13th century Persian poet.
  2. The Tao of disappointment

    Okay, I'm done. I am out of here. The level of bullshit here is drowning me. Ya'll need a check up from the neck up, as Kinky Friedman used to say. Anyway I shall run naked and screaming into that good night. Good day.
  3. iron crotch instructional video

    noun, plural ox·y·mo·ra [ok-si-mawr-uh, -mohr-uh] /ˌɒk sɪˈmɔr ə, -ˈmoʊr ə/, ox·y·mor·ons. Rhetoric. a figure of speech by which a locution produces an incongruous, seemingly self-contradictory effect, as in “cruel kindness” or “to make haste slowly.” e.g. Military Intelligence.
  4. The Tao of disappointment

    I can have my fill of horse hockey?
  5. The Tao of disappointment

    I’m about ready to throw in the towel on the Tao. When I first came here (Dao Bums) I said I was looking for a purer form of the Tao. Something free of Buddhist teachings about Karma, Dharma, reincarnations, Suffering and the eight fold path. I also asked if someone could tell me what a Tao Sage was and if there were any still around that I could meet. Now I walked into this conversation knowing full well that I would encounter people trying to be clever, and others being true believers of their interpretation of the Tao trying to convince me that their way was THE way. But what I did not expect to find was nothing. There doesn’t seem to be any serious cannon beside the 81 verses. I find parts of the verses helpful, but they kind of echo ideas that I have already come across. I suppose my experience would be much more meaningful had I found a mentor. Forget a Sage, just a knowledgeable person. Recently I purchased a book call “Taoist Meditation” translated by Thomas Cleary and was disappointed at what I read. Example: Human life is the ultimate; when the ultimate goes into action it produces positive energy as fire. Fire is spirit. When the ultimate becomes quiescent it produces negative energy as water. Water is vitality. The fire of spirit and the water of vitality combine subtly and congeal between the two kidneys to constitute the root of original energy. You would have to search far and wide to find a bigger load of horse-pucky than that. That Gertrude Stein quote about Oakland CA, “there is no there there”, sums up my current experience with the Tao. but just maybe that is the point of the Tao.
  6. new verses of the DDJ

    Surely you jest. Well how about this one then. Verse 82. Ignore verses 1-81, pet your dog, and try to stay sober. My point being, we have no way of verifying what you are proposing is a true rendering of the verses higher than 81. Unless of course I have completely missed your point and am making an ass of myself here.
  7. Why Follow Tao?

    I am always suspicious of the word happy. You hear parents wanting only that their children be happy. And everybody seeks happiness as if they were junkies and happiness was their drug of choice. To me the end all, be all of life is not happiness, rather it is fulfillment. Instead of raising a generation of bliss-ninnies we would be better to raise a generation of doers. People who accomplish things and feel good about having done this. Otherwise, happiness is just a choice available at the Neurosurgery center.
  8. Everyone post some favorite quotes!

    Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what's for dinner.
  9. Everyone post some favorite quotes!

    "Cheap spirituality" - I love that phrase. I put it up there with fake Asian sprituality, "Kung fooey".
  10. Random observations

    Hooboy!!! what have I started here?
  11. Everyone post some favorite quotes!

    Sell your cleverness and buy bewilderment. - Rumi
  12. Random observations

    The first rule about Tao Bums is there is no talking about Tao Bums.
  13. Random observations

    Back in the days when I worked in Data Processing (Information Technology in today's parlance) we used the term Daemon which was like a Bot today. Usually it was connected to email servers and handled simple tasks. I have had communications from Daemon which were terse and led me to wonder if Daemon was just a name a human used or was a very clever Bot. Subsequently I have decided it was the former and not the later, but I could be wrong. On another topic, am I wrong in assuming that Tao Bums is a tip of the hat to Jack Kerouac's "The Dharma Bums"? Or is that some sort of cosmic coinkydink?